Peanuts and publicists : 'letting Australian friends know the Chinese side of the story' in interwar Sydney

Loy-Wilson, Sophie 2009, Peanuts and publicists : 'letting Australian friends know the Chinese side of the story' in interwar Sydney, History Australia, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 6.1-6.20.

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Title Peanuts and publicists : 'letting Australian friends know the Chinese side of the story' in interwar Sydney
Author(s) Loy-Wilson, Sophie
Journal name History Australia
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 6.1
End page 6.20
Total pages 20
Publisher Monash University ePress
Place of publication Clayton, Vic.
Publication date 2009-04
ISSN 1449-0854
1833-4881
Keyword(s) Australian history
Chinese history
histories of economic life
Summary In the wake of an Australian government embargo on Chinese peanuts, a group of Sydney Chinese merchants launched a pro-Chinese publicity campaign in late 1927. To do so, they hired a newspaper editor previously employed by the anti-Chinese Labor Daily and Beckett’s Budget. The campaign was an act of minority resistance to the White Australia Policy, a shrewd business strategy, and a sophisticated example of cross-cultural public relations. By tracing two historical actors in this ‘drama of spin’, the peanut and the publicist, this article reveals unexpected links between the Chinese-Australian and Anglo-Australian communities. In seeking ‘the Chinese side of the story’, we find an alternative history of race, representation and citizenship in interwar Sydney.
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
210302 Asian History
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Monash University ePress
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051711

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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